#14 Häagen-Dazs Cookie Dough Chip ice cream

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After overindulging on Haagen Dazs in my formative years and then on Ben & Jerry’s during my teenage years, I have come full circle, ready to sample some Haagen Dazs ice cream again, this time as a young adult. 

I’ve never seen this particular flavour before, but research tells me it has always existed. Strange. Anyway, it’s basically a lot of (decent quality) vanilla ice cream with (dark) chocolate chunks and bits of cookie dough. 

It seems an unusual flavour for the more “refined” brand, and they may have shown a little too much restraint here. The cookie dough pieces are less sweet and I prefer them to Ben & Jerry’s, but I just needed more. If you’re going for a cookie dough ice cream you may as well go all the way and stuff it with at least 30% cookie dough. Right?

Rating: 6.5/10

Price: £2.50 (on offer)
Would I buy again? Nah. 

#13 Sainsbury’s Bakery Harvest Grain Loaf

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You’ll probably know (if you didn’t, now you do) that I adore crunchy things. I was looking for a new loaf in Sainsbury’s when I came across their bakery’s Harvest Grain Loaf. This intrigued me, because I have absolutely no idea what that means. I gave it a tap and it sounded really crunchy so I decided to give it a go.

I would not eat this bread untoasted – it is extremely chewy. Toasted, however, it becomes completely crisp, which came as a nice surprise at first but gradually tired out my mouth and tastebuds.

Rating: 4.5/10

Price: 85p/loaf
Would I buy again? Nope.

#12 Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Hot Cross Buns

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What better way to mark my return than with a review of my very first hot cross buns? And what better way to begin this journey than with  Britain’s best hot cross buns? I am neither Catholic nor English, which explains why I have yet to try this little delight in my twenty years on Earth.

Untoasted, they looked squished, plain and kind of cheap. Nevertheless, I did my research, and the most popular method of serving hot cross buns appeared to be slicing, toasting and buttering them.

Behold:

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sliced, toasted and buttered.

Such beauty. The abundance of currants; the crackly, caramelised surfaces; the half-melted butter slowly oozing through fluffy crevices. This was a wonderful experience. Realistically, it’s like a richer, softer cinnamon raisin loaf, but I’m not complaining. At all.

Rating: 8/10

Price: £1/pack of 4 (reduced price)

Calories: 206/bun

Would I buy again? Occasionally

#11: Kingsmill Tasty Wholemeal Medium

Hello, I know I’ve been away too long but allow me to use the ever-reliable excuse of “exams” (sounds a lot better than “sheer laziness”).

Anyway I tried a new bread, Kingsmill Tasty Wholeneal Medium, and it is so good that I was seized by the urge to review it.


This is my first time trying Kingsmill. I was an ardent supporter of Warburtons and a Hovis hater, but I’ve been converted. This bread is thick, fluffy, soft, and actually tasty! It toasts well but it’s so nice that I often eat it without toasting (especially with peanut butter).

It doesn’t claim to be a slimmer’s bread, but at 68 calories per slice it’s not TOO bad, and even for me, worth the extra calories.

The best before date was two days ago and it shows no signs of aging or drying so far, but we shall wait and see.

My only complaint is that there are only 12 slices in a loaf, whereas many other medium loaves have around 14-16? So it ends up being a little pricier.

Go forth, and buy Kingsmill!

Rating: 8.5/10

Price: 75p/loaf

Calories: 68/slice

Would I buy again? Yes!

#10: Tesco Carrot Cake Flavour Yogurt

  

I saw a glowing review of this magical sounding carrot cake yogurt and immediately rushed out to Tesco to get my hands on it. I almost couldn’t find it, but luckily I managed to get the second last pot before it sold out. 

I expected it to taste exactly like a carrot cake (lofty expectations, I know). But it mostly tasted like a tangy cream cheese frosting that goes on carrot cakes. I couldn’t really taste carrot, although they actually included carrot purée, although only 2%. The consistency is too thick, not as light and creamy as I’d have liked. 

It was not an unpleasant treat, just a little disappointing. But it’s partially my fault for expecting yogurt to taste exactly like a carrot cake isn’t it?

Price: 60p for a 100g pot

Rating: 7/10

Would I buy again? I’d prefer to try new flavours, but I don’t regret giving it a try either. 

#9: Alpro Soya Dessert – Dark Chocolate

   
  

This thing deserves a shoutout. The moment I tasted it I regretted it. Why? Because I knew from then on that I would never be able to stop buying this. 

I have calmed down a bit after going through 12 of these in a month and I could probably go without them for the next month or two. 

But I will never forget that first taste of smooth dark chocolate: liquidy but not runny, sweet but never sickeningly so. I don’t think there is anything similar to this on the market right now. It’s not a vegan version of chocolate mousse/pudding/yogurt, it’s in a league of its own. 

BUY THIS NOW. YOU WILL REGRET IT. 

Price: £1.50 for 4 pots

Rating: 10/10

Would I buy again? Yes, a million times

#7 Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Reduced Sugar review + comparison

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I purchased this for the two usual reasons: 1. it was on sale, and 2. I like trying new things.

I have tried Blue Diamond’s sweetened and unsweetened almond milks before, and found them quite standard, although I prefer Alpro’s because theirs are slightly more flavourful, and more importantly, often on sale.

Blue Diamond’s “Reduced Sugar” Almond Milk seems to be a new variety in the UK, and was being sold at an introductory price of £1 at Sainsbury’s, so I gave it a try.

Well, it tastes like unsweetened almond milk to me. I can’t detect any sweetness at all. The almond milk tastes fine, yes, but I don’t really understand the point of introducing a reduced sugar version if it doesn’t taste noticeably different from the unsweetened version. If I were cutting sugar/calories I would just buy the unsweetened version and if I wanted a sweet drink I’d buy the sweetened version. Unless, of course, only the reduced sugar version was on sale.

Price: £1 at Sainsburys
Calories: 15 kcal/100 ml
Rating: 6/10
Would I buy again? Not with specific intent, but yes if it’s the only almond milk on sale.